Combat Classes

Class Schedule

Friday Combat
Saturday Combat

Download links: Friday SoK 2017 Combat Schedule
Saturday SoK 2017 Combat Schedule


Single Hip Techniques

The class teaches the Bellatrix Single-Hip Return which allows the fighter to use combinations with full-force strikes moving from side-to-side on each count, instead of on every other count. Options and complementary techniques will be included. Armor is not required. Bring a sword and shield.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

Choosing Techniques and Strategies

This class teaches how to evaluate various factors when choosing fighting techniques and strategies, providing a systematic approach towards building a fighting arsenal. It will also discuss strategies and techniques that can be used against different strategies and weapons. Please bring questions about your own strategy and techniques, or about one you have seen.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

Two-Sword

The class teaches the techniques and strategy of the Bellatrix system of fighting with the two-sword style against different weapons. Armor is not required. Bring two swords, and preferably a shield.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

Great Weapons

This class teaches the use of great weapons against other great-weapons, and against sword & shield, with a focus on close-in techniques. It will include how to modify these techniques for different physical capabilities. Students must have a greatsword, long bastard sword, a pole weapon, or both.Armor is optional, but gloves are required, at a minimum. Some students should bring swords and shields for use in training.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

How to learn from everyone

It is possible to learn form everyone. Sometimes the best “ah ha!” moments come from the most unexpected sources. We have all experienced information overload at times too. This class is about how to adjust your hearing and interpretation to get the most from any instruction. This is a “how-to” for getting the nectar out of any instruction, even if you don’t expect there to be any.No armor needed for this class. Please bring your preferred weapons and/or shields.

Sir Rodrekr Ormstunga Sigmundarson

Why Are You Standing “There”?

Answering the question the title asks. Exploring how to think about where to set up in a fight, when to change where that is, and how to decide where to go next. Some discussion of timing will be involved as well.

Duke Sir Hans Hertzog von Wolfhotz

Footwork – Why and How

We will work through the essential elements of footwork as they apply to SCA fighting, and talk about when and why to apply them. We will also talk about positioning, relative to your opponent, and how that can be used to change your fight. If you can’t find any target to hit on your opponent, footwork may be the answer.

Viscount Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdallah

SCA Calibration, Wrist Flicks to Rhino Hides

A straight forward discussion fighting calibration in the SCA from your first day to crown finals. Do you take too light? Do people think you are thick? Will anyone tell you?

Duke Patrick O’Malley

Power, Speed and Transitions

How to develop power and speed for fighters of every size. Getting from one shot to the next smoothly, quickly and with ought telegraphing your intentions to your opponent.

Duke Patrick O’Malley

Chaos Brain for Advanced Fighters

You’ve learned your basics, and you’re doing OK. Now why can’t you get past the plateau you’re on? Find some truths about fighting that will help you get past the plateau.

Duke Amalric Blackhart

100 things to make you fight better

This class explores all the little things that add up to how you perform on the tourney field. Topics to be discussed include things you can do at home, practice and the event. This class was designed for heavy fighting but translates well to rapier fighting. Handouts will be available.

Count Sir Savaric

Fighting and Critique

Fight with Amalric and get feedback on your form and style. Conversation about fighting issues you think you have, and how to get past them. Beware: Frank answers!

Duke Amalric Blackhart

Body Mechanics

How can you make your body work with your fluidity, footwork, and shot placement? Are you feeling more like a staggering zombie than a graceful ballet dancer? Do you spend the ride home icing your elbow after a tournament? Lets fix that!!!

Sir Lachlan Maclean

Fighting in 3 Dimensions

The Art of 3D fighting is designed for all levels of fighting. If you have the following questions come and find out. How do I face someone better than I am? Is there something I should work on everyday even when I only have 15 minutes? How can I hit something I can’t see? Is there a way I can train to be more automatic? What are some basic guidelines the better fighters follow that the rest of us don’t? How can I be faster? Is there way to work on combinations to make them flow better? What can I do to increase my footwork but not feel wore out at the end of the fight? I’m flustered that there are better fighters than I am when I have been doing it longer. What are they doing that I’m not? Is it important what I eat before I fight? What about after? I have plateaued… how can I improve? Lots more… Come learn the “rule of 3”, the Rope Trick, how to beat someone without laying a stick on them, angle fighting (it’s a game of inches) and dirty Knights Tricks.

Viscount Sir Donnan the Truehearted

Beginner Concepts and Drills

You’ve heard of a pel maybe? You know what a Kata is? These tools can help you to get better at fighting if you know how to use them.

Duke Amalric Blackhart

Footwork

Class will focus on basic to advanced footwork, foot placement, amd drills for at home practice. The focus will be on using footwork and placement to create a solid defense and create opportunity and effectiveness in shot placement and accuracy.

Sir Lachlan MacLean

Custom furren fixin’

Small, one-to-few individual analysis and recommendations with a foreign Duke. Bring your armour and an idea of what you want ‘fixed’.

Duke Ulsted the Unsteady

How to win without throwing a shot

We’ll discuss the mental game of fighting, including a few “Dirty-Old Knight” secret tricks. Hmm – the DOK’s won’t like that – so, *no* DOK tricks will be discussed…

Duke Ulsted the Unsteady

Reading The Fight As It Happens

By request, I will teach on overview of how to read the fight as it happens. And how to react to what you read. Focus, movement.

Duke Sir Thorin Njallson

Power From Technique, Not Muscle

I will show how fighting with power can be done by using good technique and my fighting principles and not by use of muscle and size.

Duke Sir Thorin Njallson

Great Sword

Great Sword

Duke Deaton

Where does Power Come From

We’ve all been taught to rotate at the hips to generate power. What if there was more to it? A discussion of what else is out there (and in there) and how to take advantage of it. This class is not a how-to, but rather an opportunity to deepen existing understanding of the subject. I expect that you’ll get more out of this class if you’ve previously attended my positioning class (Why Are You Standing *There*?)

Duke Sir Hans Hertzog von Wolfhotz

Where does Power Come From

We’ve all been taught to rotate at the hips to generate power. What if there was more to it? A discussion of what else is out there (and in there) and how to take advantage of it. This class is not a how-to, but rather an opportunity to deepen existing understanding of the subject. I expect that you’ll get more out of this class if you’ve previously attended my positioning class (Why Are You Standing *There*?)

Duke Sir Hans Hertzog von Wolfhotz

Dynamic Range and Engagement

Know where you are, when to react and when to act. Committing to your violence of action.

Sir Lorencio de Compostella

Fighter Training in Remote Areas

Anyone that is trying to improve their technique and become a better fighter but live in isolated areas with few people for training advice, or always the same people to fight, or just a work schedule that limits attendance should consider this class. Earl Brendan is a viscount of a remote, spread out Principality where training was a mostly lonely endeavor. Come learn tips, methods and get advice regarding solo or small group training. Please bring sword, shield and helmet.

Earl Sir Brendan Shimmeringstar

4×4: An Essay in the Art of Swordplay

How to stand walk turn block and cut like a footsoldier of the 13th Century. The basics of the “Ambrose Style” whatever that may be: especially useful for beginners, but (I flatter myself) containing ideas applicable to any level or style.

Viscount Sir Ambrose Mavrorothakis

Polearms and Shields – How to fight one with the other

Each weapons form has strengths and weaknesses. How can you use that to advantage. We will be focusing on cross form combat, shield on pole and pole on shield.

Duke Roger Stockton

Stick Mechanics

An explanation and demonstration of sword mechanics for SCA combat. Includes instruction for basic stance, flat-snap, leg-snap, offside head, head wrap and leg wrap. Also includes a basic pell routine involving these basic shots. Required materials: Sword.

Duke Sean of Tarragon

The Importance of Recovery

Instruction on the importance of offensive and defensive recovery within SCA combat. Includes drills to exercise proper recovery and target recognition. Required materials: Sword and Shield.

Duke Sean of Tarragon

Offensive Use of Various Shield Types

Offensive Use of Various Shield Types

Duke Sean of Tarragon

Fundamentals for Beginners

This class will focus on basic structured techniques that are the basis of further fighting skills.

Viscount Sir Kaðall

Gaining the Flanks

I have found that my fights tend to go best when I can get beside my opponents while the are still facing forward — and not towards me. This class will focus primarily on some of the methods I use to make this happen, such as lateral body fakes, baiting, future target identification and some of the blow variations I use once I’m in position. This will be hands-on with practicum. Armor recommended but not required.

Sir Leith Ambranid

Champions Breakfast

For those who are competing in Franchise and/or Grand Champion, and their respective judges.

Circle-Sword Foundation

This is the introduction to using sword-work based on circular shot paths. We will use the “ready positions” from the historical I.33 manuscript to develop a fluid and versatile understanding of how the sword can be handled. All techniques emphasize follow-through (at least in potential) and avoidance of joint strain. We conclude by demonstrating how a sword-blow can be understood in terms of circular movement and how that promotes fighting longevity.

Viscount Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdallah

Circle-Sword Advanced

You don’t have to be an advanced fighter to take this class! You do need to have, at some time, taken the “Circle-Sword Foundation” class to get the most out of it though. We will explore the finer points of using circular paths for your sword-work including how to easily transition from sword-blocks to blows, how to transition from one blow to the next, and explore a “buffet” of methods for adding power to your sword-blows. This is the stuff you need to really “use” circle-sword techniques on the field.

Viscount Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdallah

Power, Movement & Perception

This class teaches how to develop power, the techniques of movement, and how to develop the perception to use them well. It includes: avoiding over-commitment, closing distance, lateral mobility, attacks and defense. The class is taught unarmored. Students will need a sword, and a shield, or something similar.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

Teardrop (side) Return

The class teaches the Bellatrix Teardrop Return, which allows a fighter to use very rapid combinations of full-force strikes on the same side. Options and complementary techniques will be included. Armor is not required. Bring a sword and shield.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

Wraps

The class teaches the Bellatrix version of the “wrap”, which provides powerful wraps from various angles, with bio-mechanical safety. Options and complementary techniques will be included. Armor is not required. Bring a sword and shield.

Duke Paul of Bellatrix

The Lazy Shield

This is a class based on making the most of your shield as an offensive and defensive asset. We will focus on shield basics, Zone -vs- “man to man” defense, Efficiency of motion and effort, Making good decisions “in the pocket”, Relying on your shield to do the work, and putting it all together. No armor needed for this class. Please bring your preferred weapons and/or shields.

Sir Rodrekr Ormstunga Sigmundarson

Fighting in 3 Dimensions

The Art of 3D fighting is designed for all levels of fighting. If you have the following questions come and find out. How do I face someone better than I am? Is there something I should work on everyday even when I only have 15 minutes? How can I hit something I can’t see? Is there a way I can train to be more automatic? What are some basic guidelines the better fighters follow that the rest of us don’t? How can I be faster? Is there way to work on combinations to make them flow better? What can I do to increase my footwork but not feel wore out at the end of the fight? I’m flustered that there are better fighters than I am when I have been doing it longer. What are they doing that I’m not? Is it important what I eat before I fight? What about after? I have plateaued… how can I improve? Lots more… Come learn the “rule of 3”, the Rope Trick, how to beat someone without laying a stick on them, angle fighting (it’s a game of inches) and dirty Knights Tricks.

Viscount Sir Donnan the Truehearted

One-Handed Axe

Students will learn and practice proper use of the one-handed axe including common strikes, combinations, blocking, and pitfalls. Time will also be devoted to construction of an effective axe and historical variants.

Duke Sir Styrkarr Jarlsskald

Bring Your Questions to Thorin

This class will focus on answering and explaining issues based on questions and concerns the students will bring to the class. Come with your questions on footwork, how to throw a certain blow correctly, defense, or any other fighting issue you would like answered or demonstrated.

Duke Sir Thorin Njallson

100 things to make you fight better

This class explores all the little things that add up to how you perform on the tourney field. Topics to be discussed include things you can do at home, practice and the event. This class was designed for heavy fighting but translates well to rapier fighting. Handouts will be available.

Count Sir Savaric

So They Call You a Thug

A class for the big fighter on how and why to use technique instead of just brawn.

Sir Nicolai Rabenis von Tachov

Stick Mechanics

An explanation and demonstration of sword mechanics for SCA combat. Includes instruction for basic stance, flat-snap, leg-snap, offside head, head wrap and leg wrap. Also includes a basic pell routine involving these basic shots. Required materials: Sword.

Duke Sean of Tarragon

Feinting, Patterning and Footwork to Win

Using your opponent against themselves is a powerful tool. If you can make your opponent open themselves to attack or put themselves out of position, you will be well on your way to winning the fight. This class will focus on using feints to open up your opponent, learning how to pattern your opponent to get them to do what you want and footwork techniques you canuse to turn your opponent’s attacks against them. This classs is best taken in armor as it will allow for contact drills, but most techniques and drills can be done out of armor as well.

Duke Sir UlfR Blodfotur Fallgrson

Flying a Kite

Techniques and tips for the kite shield.

Sir Justin de Leon

Footwork, Range and You

In this class we will talk about footwork techniques in relation to your opponents range. How to make your opponent uncomfortable and gain the advantage through footwork and body positioning.

Duke Sir Eirik Daegarsson

Greatsword

Greatsword

Duke Deaton

Gaining the Flanks

I have found that my fights tend to go best when I can get beside my opponents while the are still facing forward — and not towards me. This class will focus primarily on some of the methods I use to make this happen, such as lateral body fakes, baiting, future target identification and some of the blow variations I use once I’m in position.This will be hands-on with practicum. Armor recommended but not required.

Sir Leith Ambranid

Fighter Training in Remote Areas

Anyone that is trying to improve their technique and become a better fighter but live in isolated areas with few people for training advice, or always the same people to fight, or just a work schedule that limits attendance should consider this class. Earl Brendan is a viscount of a remote, spread out Principality where training was a mostly lonely endeavor. Come learn tips, methods and get advice regarding solo or small group training. Please bring sword, shield and helmet.

Earl Sir Brendan Shimmeringstar

Polearms and Shields – How to fight one with the other

Each weapons form has strengths and weaknesses. How can you use that to advantage. We will be focusing on cross form combat, shield on pole and pole on shield.

Duke Roger Stockton

Use Your Legs

This class will discussusing your legs and leg discipline. There will be physical drills/examples, as well as sparring, bring your gear.

Sir Rayner Ulfgarsson